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Extension Granted to Seal Ottawa Deal

Beacon Sports of Boston has been granted an extension until the end of the first quarter of 2013 to finalize a deal to bring a Double-A Eastern League franchise to Ottawa.  Beacon COO Richard Billings will be at the Baseball Winter Meetings in Nashville next week to apparently round up additional investors for the ownership group that already includes Hall of Fame Continue reading

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Ottawa Baseball Decision By Fall

The City of Ottawa and Beacon Sports of Boston are still in talks to bring a Double-A Eastern League team to a renovated Ottawa Stadium in 2014.  Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson says he has had meetings with a possible owner with “tremendous credibility,” and the city has talked with others too.  Beacon Sports of Boston hopes to have a deal signed, sealed, delivered, and approved by around Oct. 1. Continue reading

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Time to Move On in Ottawa?

Elizabeth Payne, a member of the Ottawa Citizen’s editorial board, believes it’s time to sell Ottawa Stadium.  Read more here.  As you would expect, ballpark and baseball proponent Ken “The Bulldog” Gray vehemently disagrees.  Read more here.  Beacon Sports says they remain on track to bring a Double-A Eastern League team to Ottawa in 2014.  We’ll see.

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The Bulldog Blasts Ottawa Officials (Again!)

Ottawa Citzen columnist and blogger Ken “The Bulldog” Gray takes another shot at the City of Ottawa for failing to negotiate a final lease deal with Beacon Sports of Boston in time to bring a Double-A Eastern League franchise to Ottawa Stadium starting next season.  We’re not so sure the city is entirely to blame here, but we enjoy The Bulldog’s prodding.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Committee Approves $5.7 Million for Stadium Upgrades

The City of Ottawa moved closer to bringing Double-A Eastern League ball to Ottawa Stadium, as the council’s finance and economic development committee approved a plan on Thursday that would have the city spend $5.7 million to fix up the ballpark.  Read more here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the link.

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Deal Would Reduce Ottawa Ballpark Capacity by 2,000

According to Councillor Rick Chiarelli, Beacon Sports of Boston would remove 2,000 seats from Ottawa Stadium and replace them with other fan-friendly amenities, if a deal is finalized to bring a Double-A Eastern League to town.  This would reduce the capacity of the ballpark to around 8,000, which would be a good move to enhance all-important ballpark intimacy and add amenities that fans expect in Continue reading

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More on Ottawa

As reported earlier, Ottawa has agreed to a tentative deal with Beacon Sports of Boston to bring a Double-A Eastern League franchise, expected to be the Binghamton Mets, to Ottawa Stadium in 2013.  One debate now is whether the Intercounty Baseball League’s Ottawa Fat Cats can play this summer or not.  City staff are recommending Continue reading

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B-Mets Fire Sale?

The Double-A Binghamton Mets (Eastern League) have been one of the teams rumored to be relocating to Canada, if  Beacon Sports of Boston locks in a deal to use Ottawa Stadium.  Could the Mets’ current merchandise clearance sale be a sign?  Start shopping here.  Thanks to John Cerone for the heads up.

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Deal to Bring Double-A Ball to Ottawa to be Announced Friday

The City of Ottawa has reportedly reached a tentative long-term deal with Beacon Sports of Boston (MA) to bring a Double-A Eastern League team to the capital city beginning in 2013.  The city is apparently planning to pump $6 million into Ottawa Stadium to bring it up to par, while Beacon will pony up $3 million.  If the deal happens, expect the team’s affiliation to eventually be the Toronto Blue Jays.  Read more here.

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Beacon Sports Submits Bid for Ottawa Stadium

Beacon Sports Capital Partners of Boston beat today’s 3:00 p.m. deadline to submit bids to lease Ottawa Stadium for the long haul.  Beacon Sports has been the group gunning to relocate a Double-A Eastern League franchise to the capital city starting in 2013.  Read more here.

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Double-A Ball Closing in on Ottawa

It appears that Double-A Eastern League baseball will begin play in Ottawa (ON) in 2013, although there are still hoops to jump through to make this happen.  The Eastern League franchise targeted for relocation has not been identified, although the Ottawa Citizen again mentions the Binghamton Mets.  As you know, the Mets Continue reading

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